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pigtails Nov 23, 2008 03:02 PM

right now i am drinking a bottle of wolaver's oatmeal stout. go buy some right now, it is so good. it's organic. it tastes like chocolate and it is so dark it is sort of chewy.

it is so delicious. beer hounds, what other beer will i like, based on this oatmeal stout? i like other dark beer, but this is so much better than any other i've had.

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    brentk RE: pigtails Nov 23, 2008 04:20 PM

    My recommendations would depend on where you live and what is available to you.

    I couldn't figure that out by clicking on your icon.

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      pigtails RE: brentk Nov 24, 2008 03:08 AM

      i live in massachusetts. thanks for being so thorough!

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        brentk RE: pigtails Nov 24, 2008 04:46 AM

        I love the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, which is brewed by Mercury Brewing in Ipswich so should be a good local beer for you to try. Anderson Valley's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout has fairly wide national distribution so should also be available to you. On the import front, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout (from England) should be readily available and is another good choice.

        You may also like milk stouts, as well, so I would suggest trying Mackeson Triple XXX Stout, another English import that should be readily available to you.

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          JessKidden RE: brentk Nov 24, 2008 07:27 AM

          Mackeson Stout hasn't been an import for a few years now (since early 2000's IIRC). It's contract-brewed in Cincinnati by Boston Beer Co. I forget exactly how that came to be, but it's a confused mess between the sale of the brewery by Hudepohl-Schoenling to BBC, then the selling of the H-S brands to "Royal" (at the time, the importer of Mackeson) and then to Snyder (which went bankrupt).

          For a time a few years ago, there were even 22 oz. bottles of Mackeson being brewed at The Lion. I recall a side-by-side, UK vs. US, right after the switch and I was pretty unimpressed with the contract-brewed version.

          But it *does* create an interesting trivia question-

          "What Anheuser-Busch-InBev brand is brewed by the Boston Beer Co.?"

          (Alternate answer is Whitbread Ale, under the same contract.)

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            brentk RE: JessKidden Nov 24, 2008 08:37 AM

            You are right. I had forgotten about the switch to contract brewing. Still, I do recommend it to the OP as a beer of another style to explore.

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            Kenji RE: brentk Dec 17, 2008 09:13 AM

            I agree with you about Ipswich. They are the best commercially-made beers in MA., and the oatmeal stout is their crown jewel.

            Barney Flats is good. Rogue Shakespeare is very good (it doesn't identify itself as an OS, but it is), as is St. Ambroise from Canada. Ipswich is the best, for my money, though.

      2. Chinon00 RE: pigtails Nov 23, 2008 04:21 PM

        Of what should be widely available and not another Oatmeal Stout? Korbinian (Doppelbock)

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          Josh RE: Chinon00 Nov 26, 2008 07:59 AM

          I recently had that for the first time. I liked it, but I think I prefer Ayinger's Celebrator.

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          jackbauer RE: pigtails Nov 24, 2008 11:45 AM

          John Harvard's pub in Cambridge and Framingham make an outstanding milk stout. If you go, check ahead because they rotate their beers every month or so.

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            ClockworkOrange RE: pigtails Nov 26, 2008 04:32 AM

            I will second the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout recommendation. Some other examples you should be able to get in MA:
            - St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from Canada
            - The Peoples Pint Our oatmeal Stout
            - Belfast Bay McGovern's Oatmeal Stout

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              Jim Dorsch RE: ClockworkOrange Nov 26, 2008 06:35 AM

              Yes, St Ambroise is a nice one ... I have a pleasant memory of a nitro-poured pint in a Montreal pub.

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                brentk RE: Jim Dorsch Nov 26, 2008 04:55 PM

                I thought of the St. Ambroise and, while I like it a lot, I thought that the flavor profile might be a bit overwhelming for the OP, based on the wish to seek other beers similar to Wolavers.

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                BEERLOVER69 RE: ClockworkOrange Oct 13, 2009 03:46 PM

                Where can I buy Belfast Bay McGovern's Oatmeal Stout in Massachusetts?

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                Kinnexa RE: pigtails Nov 27, 2008 05:45 PM

                Oh, my, Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout! The best. I second the recommendation for Belfast Bay, and also Mackeson XXX, although I didn't know it was contract brewed domestically now. Guess I'd better get some and see if it's still tasty!

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                  AmandaRG RE: Kinnexa Dec 15, 2008 03:56 PM

                  I love Wolaver's. I was at a beer festival a few years ago and the guy giving out the beer referred to the oatmeal stout as "liquid love" and the name has stuck with my friends and I ever since.

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                  Kenji RE: pigtails Dec 17, 2008 09:11 AM

                  Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is okay. But if you like that style (as I do), by all means see if you can track down some Ipswich Oatmeal Stout. It is the god of its style.

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                    CTeater RE: pigtails Dec 19, 2008 04:30 AM

                    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. First among equals.

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                      yankeefan RE: pigtails Dec 19, 2008 11:17 AM

                      Southern Tier Oat for a powerhouse of an oatmeal stout. If you went to venture to the world of sweet milk stout, ST Creme Brulee.

                      For a more laid back, can't go wrong with the tried and true Sam Smith Oatmeal.

                      1. cannedmilkandfruitypebbles RE: pigtails Dec 22, 2008 07:37 AM

                        Had a 6er of Ipswich Oatmeal Stout this weekend. Fantastic stuff. highly recommend.

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                          Shaggy RE: pigtails Oct 16, 2009 10:20 AM

                          Boris the Crusher, made by Hoppin Frog, is the best I've ever had.

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                            Diego Sanchez RE: pigtails Oct 20, 2009 04:29 PM

                            Terrapin Wake-n-Bake is just awesome.

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                              LStaff RE: pigtails Oct 21, 2009 07:43 AM

                              If you dig chewey, chocolate flavored beer then you might want to look beyond the Oatmeal Stout category and also consider porters, other stouts, and Imperial Stouts.

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                                writergeek313 RE: pigtails Oct 25, 2009 08:28 AM

                                I'm not sure how widely they distribute, but River Horse out of New Jersey has an excellent oatmeal stout as one of their Brewer's Reserve offerings this fall. I tried on in a build your own six pack a few weeks ago, and I liked it enough that I'll definitely buy more. It's got a great toasty flavor with a hint of sweetness at the end.

                                If you decide to branch out a bit from oatmeal stouts, I also highly recommend Troeg's new Java Head Stout, which has a lower ABV than imperial stouts but is still very drinkable (and, in upstate NY at least, very reasonably priced).

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                                  Bryan Gros RE: pigtails Nov 13, 2009 02:48 PM

                                  I had a nice chewy stout from Santa Cruz Brewing yesterday.

                                  Doesn't help OP though.

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